Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Why guns?

There's been a long thread of stories about failure of police in europe to respond to rioting and other criminal acts where they involve muslim minorities. I remember reading about police in the Netherlands standing by while such rioters vandalized cars etc.
I think the core of the problem here is the civilian firearms ban in Europe.
Banning firearms is more than just a practical or pragmatic step, it's the adoption of a policy saying: "We the people, are not responsible enough to be trusted with firearms."
At that point, responsibility for maintaining order is completely abdicated by the people.

Do guns play a role in tragic accidental deaths? Absolutely. But they play a much more important role in keeping us tied to reality and keeping us aware that it is primarily the job of the people to maintain order.


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